To apply for a new residential permit online, visit . If you are looking to receive your permit that is valid from July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022, please visit the link above on or after June 1, 2021. 

Walk-ins are still welcome, Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30, via the Myrtle Street entrance. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing (including a maximum of two customers in the office at a time)

The Ocean Gateway lot @ 2 Commercial St. is officially open for the season, April 1, 2021.

$15.00 per 24 hour period up to 15 days. Pay at kiosk with credit card and display the receipt face up inside on the vehicles front dashboard OR for touchless payments you can pay for parking from your phone, with either the Passport App or Google Pay. Download the app at


Island Parking Options

Parking survey and map of most downtown parking facilities, which provides information on rates, locations and phone numbers.                         


Can be made using the Passport parking App or the new Google Pay App

Effective October 1, 2020, parking Meter Rates will increase to $2.00 per hour, per the Council's adoption of the FY21 budget.

Touchless Garages

  • The Spring Street and Elm Street Parking Garage are now touchless. To receive a ticket upon entry simply wave your hand near the ticket button on the machine and it will dispense a ticket. Touchless payment options upon exiting the garage include Google Pay, Apple Pay, Paypal, and any credit and debit cards that have the contactless logo on them.
  • For touchless payments for on street parking go to and download the app. Or use the Google Pay App. This will allow you to pay for parking from your phone.

Parking Division is open for walk in assistance

Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. You must use the Myrtle St entrance, wear a mask, and abide by physical distancing. Phone assistance is available from 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM.

residential permits

When you come in for a permit you must have the following:

  • Maine Drivers’ License matching your address. If it does not match you can call BMV and they will update for free over the phone.
  • Maine Registration matching your address. If it does not match you can bring it to the Treasury Office and they will update for free.
  • ONLY EXCEPTIONS: Portland School Students, Active Duty Military assigned to Portland, Part time resident property owners ($50 fee per vehicle).
  • We do not issue Temporary Permits.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations        

Current city-owned EV charging stations can be found at the following locations:

There are also additional EV stations in Portland that are not city-owned. The website Plug-In America(not affiliated with the City of Portland) offers a handy tool to find available docking stations near you.

Parking reminder

Passport Parking app

Find out more about our ​​NEW parking app!


The Parking Division manages on and off street parking to support the safety and parking needs of residents, visitors, businesses, and other departments helping to make Portland a safe, livable, and economically vibrant city.

The consistent and fair enforcement of parking regulations, parking meter management, and the operation and oversight of parking garages and lots are the most visible ways in which we support the city’s mission of “Strengthening A Remarkable City-Building a Community for Life.” Through our assistance in traffic control during emergencies and special events to the administration of the school crossing guide program, we further enhance the public safety needs of our community. We aim to be responsive to the needs of our customers and co-workers, and we strive to provide excellent service at all times.

Parking Regulations

The information on this site is intended to assist you, the motorist, in understanding Portland’s parking regulations and to help you make the most suitable parking arrangement when visiting the city.

Commercial Area Streets

Streets in the commercial areas of the city serve many competing interests. Primarily designed for moving traffic, the general public, delivery trucks, taxis, and buses all vie for space making the urban street one of the most sought-after resources. Parking enforcement is vital to ensure this resource is used to the maximum benefit of the community.

Division Goals

We strive to:
  • Support the on-street parking system by equitably and consistently enforcing the parking regulations
  • Encourage compliance of the city's parking regulations
  • Promote traffic and pedestrian safety
  • Maximize the capacity of the existing parking supply through increased turnover
  • Protect access needed for commerce and public convenience, clear freight loading zones of all day commuters to allow adequate delivery space for commercial businesses, and provide for a more efficient delivery of goods and services
  • Enhance the quality of life in residential neighborhoods by keeping residential areas free of downtown commuters

Bicycle Parking

Click here for a map of bicycle parking locations in the City of Portland.